- to steal (merchandise) as a shoplifter.
- to shoplift merchandise.
Origin of shoplift
First recorded in 1810–20; back formation from shoplifter
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Examples from the Web for shoplift
If you've been hired to build a shoplift-proof store, you'd better know how to shoplift.
I'll bet he couldn't walk into a store without figuring out a way to shoplift.
Word Origin and History for shoplift
also shop-lift, 1820, back-formation from shoplifting. Related: Shop-lifted.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper